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Thread #44794   Message #661489
Posted By: Amos
02-Mar-02 - 04:29 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Cry, Cry, Cry
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Cry, Cry, Cry
I'm afraid you're gonna have to go commercial, Wolfgang. Here's a review of Kavana's CD on which you'll find the song:

The Alias Acoustic Band - 1798-1998 Irish Songs, Tunes, Poetry and Speech of Rebellion, Resistance and Reconciliation (Alias Ron Kavana)

Now, I'm sorry to say this, Ron. But when you go to the grave, people will look back over your work and dissect it. "Think Like A Hero"? "Great album. Loved it." "Coming Days". "Superb. That opening track!" "Those box-sets he compiled for Proper and Retro." "Farewell to Ireland"? "That's one of them. And the double-CD selection "The Irish Music Anthology". The one with the fish on the front." "A great job of work and a great gift to the trad community."

"But what's his best bit of work?" "No contest. 1798-1998!"

The two CDs - 37 tracks in all - have not left Pay The Reckoning's CD player since we obtained them a few days ago. Ron is accompanied, as ever, by a stellar crew (including many of the musicians who appeared alongside he and Terry Woods on The Bucks' "Dancin' To The Ceilidh Band" and featuring the outstanding bodhranĂ­, Gino Lupari).

However, since he's used the rare nom-de-plume, the Alias Acoustic Band, it's as if Ron is deliberately covering his tracks.

With little reason. The band don't go for the blood-curdling, straight-time approach adopted by "rebel bands". Instead the majority of tracks find the lads and lasses in contemplative form, dwelling on the poetry, beauty and tragedy of many of Ireland's rebel songs. There are few tub-thumpers here. The selections comprise songs which, on the whole, illustrate something of the troubled history of Ireland ... rather than those which exist merely to re-fuel the fires of bitterness in those whose flames are already well-stoked.

A look at the track listing indicates the sweep of Kavana's unerring musical radar - well-known songs such as "Boolavogue" and "Roddy McCorley" sit alongside lesser-known songs such as "Erin's Lovely Lee" and self-penned originals such as "Reconciliation" and "Cry, Cry, Cry". Pay The Reckoning was amazed at Kavana's voice on this album. On "Erin's Lovely Lee" his voice echoes that of Willie Clancy who cut a definitive version of this song way back in the mists of time. ...